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Bartender gives teahouse a cool summertime twist

By Mike Peters | China Daily | Updated: 2017-07-07 09:08

Bartender gives teahouse a cool summertime twist

"Gin Doctor" Attila Balint explains his array of gins and tonics.[Photo by Mike Peters/China Daily]

In this very traditional Ming-style teahouse, the flavors and aromas I'm experiencing are a little unexpected.

Tarragon.

Grapefruit.

Pepper.

Blueberry.

So far the profile might fit an exotic kind of fruit tea, except these were muddled in a good gin.

You could forgive the staff at the luxe Nuo hotel's Yuan Teahouse for being a little confused. The elegant space in Beijing has a well-earned reputation for top Chinese teas served in a very traditional style.

Now they were being asked to serve gin drinks? And ICED tea?

"We can do something a little different and still do it with great quality," says Attila Balint, the hotel's resident bar guru.

Invited to come and cool off on a recent 40 C Beijing afternoon, a dozen local media folks from around the capital gathered in the hotel's tea house, where Balint first poured refreshing sips of four specially brewed chilled teas.

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